Winter Storm Warning in NYC and Southern NY State

This alert expired on Feb 5, 2014 6:00 PM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Northern Westchester; Orange; Putnam; Rockland

Posted Feb 5, 2014 12:01 PM EST

Winter Storm is winding down, but hazardous conditions continue.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 pm EST this evening.

  • Locations: Interior portions of the Lower Hudson Valley, interior Northeast New Jersey and interior Southern Connecticut.
  • Hazard types: intermittent light freezing rain on top of earlier heavy snow accumulation.
  • Accumulations: less than a tenth of an inch of additional ice accumulation.
  • Temperatures: mid 20s to lower 30s.
  • Timing: into early evening.
  • Impacts: travel will remain extremely hazardous due to the the intermittent freezing rain on top of earlier significant snow and ice accumulations. The weight of the snow and ice could knock down tree limbs and power lines. Snow and Ice falling off trees, wires and buildings could also be hazardous.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will continue to make make travel dangerous. Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food. And Water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Tips from

Excerpted from ready.govBefore:
  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • More:
  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.
Excerpted from ready.govDuring:
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • More:
  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.

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